Observations

Gulf of Slides: Gully 1 @ 4300′

February 7, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Name: Al Mandell/Ivo Mandalski/Josh Lipkowitz| Acadia Mt Guides
Location: Gully 1 GOS

In an effort to better understand the current snowpack in GOS, we investigated Gully 1 (Main Gully) in GOS late Sunday afternoon. Precipitation rate was S1 max with visibility above the ice bulge and ability to see the cornice in the start zone/upper rollover. The bottom part of the gully is a mix of skier compacted and non reactive pencil hard windslab. HS was relatively consistent between 150 – 180 cm. A pit at 4300′ & 120 degrees resulted in an ECTN (tap 28) with a fracture < 30 cm was observed 40 cm down. A shovel shear was recorded as moderate, Q1 @ 40 cm down. Hand hardness indicated a right side up snowpack. 9 people skied from this point without any signs of instability. Pits were analyzed by Pro 1 Grads & AIARE L3 grad.